Do you know where the key hubs for connecting passenger traffic are located around the world?
Airlines efficiently connect passengers across cities using strategic hub-and-spoke systems, consolidating and directing travellers through central hub airports.
Geographic positioning plays a critical role in determining hub locations, with globally central hubs offering considerable advantages for linking passengers between various regions. Middle Eastern airports exemplify this, capturing 11% of global connecting traffic, with one major hub airport (DOH) serving nearly 75% of its total passengers through international transfer flights.
The US, with a large domestic traffic base and widespread hub-and-spoke networks, accounts for a substantial portion of global connecting traffic (41% in Q1 2023).
Europe and Asia collectively contribute 24% and 11% of the world’s connecting passengers, respectively.
Commenting on the IATA data, Managing Partner of dre aviation, Mr. Sukh Mann said: "As we can clearly conclude, Africa lags behind in key hub infrastructure and offerings. Despite the continent still being classified as an emerging market, the potential for Africa to "come online" is huge, however, there needs to be proactive infrastructure planning and development - especially in West Africa, unfortunately despite the lobby the government agendas are still too short term. In my opinion, they are missing a massive opportunity for increased regional and intercontinental connectivity, revenue generation, capital investment and employment opportunities for generations to come".
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Sources: IATA, Sukh Mann, dre aviation Analytics